The Gujarat High Court on Saturday rejected the bail application of Teesta Setalvad, accused of fabricating evidence in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. The court also ordered her to surrender immediately.
The journalist turned activist was one of the first to raise the cases of the victims in the riots, that provoked the Supreme Court to order a probe into the violence setting up a Special Investigating Team six years later.
Delivering the Judgment, a Bench of Justice Nirzar S. Desai pronounced the order for the activist in question to surrender on an immediate basis.
Setalvad who was arrested on June 25, 2022 by the Gujarat Police’s Anti Terrorism Squad from her Mumbai residence has been out on a bail ordered by the Supreme Court on September 2022 and was protected from an arrest since then.
She has been facing charges for allegedly fabricating the documents acting as an evidence in the 2002 Gujarat riots case and also implicating high government functionaries including then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the riots case.
Setalvad, a Padma Shri awardee, 62, runs a Non-Profit Organisation (NGO) Citizens for Justice and Peace(CJP), where she is a founding trustee and a secretary. CJP was established post 2002 riots in the Western state with the objective of providing legal counselling to the riot victims.
Setalvad’s family background is not of an usual Indian family, she hails from the family of legal luminaries, she is the grand daughter of country’s first Attorney General MC Setalvad and the great grand daughter of Chimanlal Harilal Setalvad, one of the three Indian members of the investigative body- the Hunter Commission that probed into the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
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